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If you want to discover the best in automation products and solutions and how you can use them to make your company a stronger competitor, then be sure to get out and explore the future of automation at the Automate Show. Automate 2017 will be held from April 3-6, 2017, at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Valentine Conversation hearts are an iconic candy, known to adults and children, alike.  They were created by NECCO, the New England Confectionery Company.  NECCO is one of the oldest candy companies in the United States, dating back to 1847.  To continue successfully and competitively producing their delicious candy for millions of people, NECCO decided to update their process with a robotic solution.

As technology continues to advance, it enables automation to become more intelligent and affordable.  This helps robotics continue to spread their automation love outside of factory floors. Automation can now be found in a variety of places such as the food and consumer goods industries and even small businesses. Therefore, it is no surprise that the robotics world proved itself to be extremely popular in 2016.

There is no denying the fact that industrial robots are bringing faster throughput, energy savings, lowers costs, and a more consistent quality product to production floors across the globe.  The robotic market is expected to continue to grow at exponential rates, quickly becoming enveloped in smart software, sensors, and EOATs, and expected to reach around $135 billion by 2019.

The ringing in of the New Year brings new market intelligence and predictions for robotics from the research conducted by the International Data Corporation (IDC).  The IDC FutureScape document reflects a set of predictions after reviewing the previous market and then estimates logical changes that are expected in the market for the next 3 years.

MotoSight 3D CanonVision is a hardware and software solution that uses a single 3D Vision head.  It is designed to quickly and easily recognize parts that are randomly placed in bins. It has a very simple setup, making it easy to use.  The 3D CAD files are loaded to conduct part training.  The part location and orientation data is transferred to the DX200 robot controller via Ethernet, and then it is in the system’s hand to choose the best solution.

History has proven that ABB is ceaselessly striving and innovating to be among the best. This hard work and dedication never fails to create amazing solutions to current problems and ultimately meet the customer's needs and/or specific requests.

The robotic industry is becoming widely innovative, producing consistent and quality products, and giving companies a competitive advantage for a wide variety of applications across the world. It is not too late to integrate industrial robotics; in fact, there is no better time, than now! The proof is in the North American sales statistics; it is estimated that 2016 will go down in the books for record breaking robot orders and shipments in North America.

We are all smiles after an amazing weekend filled with awards! Our sister company, Scott Automation & Robotics, won another outstanding award, making us even more proud to be a part of this amazing, innovative team.Scott Automation and Robotics took home the WORKSAFE VICTORIA AWARD: Health & Safety Invention of the Year  for their Lamb X-ray Primal and Middle System.

Motoman is proud to announce that it will expand its range of industrial material handling robots with the new GP series. This series, due out October 2016, will include the GP 7, GP 8, and GP 12.  All of these robots will be compact, slender, yet curvaceous to enable a penetration into deep work spaces while also providing a large work envelope. To help provide even more flexibility, there are versatile mounting options: floor, ceiling, and wall.

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